The Nigerian Army on Thursday, has denied allegation that it was planning a coup to overthrow the present democratically elected government.
It described the allegation as merely a campaign of calumny and distraction by faceless criminal gang of economic saboteurs.
A group, Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force (JNDLF) had alleged that some officers of the Nigerian Army approached them for support to overthrow the duly elected present democratic government.
In a statement issued by the Acting Director of Army public relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman in Abuja, it said the allegation was baseless and most unfortunate allegation that existed in the warped minds of the originators of such weighty allegation.
The Nigerian Army, pointed out that the speculation was a dangerous distraction to the effort in fighting insurgency and other criminal elements in the country.
The statement reads in part: “The Nigerian Army would like to send a strong and and unequivocal warning to those speculating a coup by the Nigerian Army (NA) against the Government to desist forthwith.
“We would like to state in clear terms that that we are a product of democracy and a focused professional institution and would have nothing to do with such abomination and heinous crime.
“We wish to state further that the NA is the greatest beneficiary of democracy and therefore cannot ever contemplate any anti-democratic misadventure, certainly not under the command of the present Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai.
Rather, we see this type of dangerous speculation as a declaration of war to destabilise the present government by these unscrupulous elements.
“The Nigerian Army is investigating those behind the dangerous insinuation in order to unravel the real motive behind it.
“We would like to reiterate our unalloyed loyalty to the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and defence of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We would also like to reaffirm our unconditional support and obedience to civil authority.
“We wish to further assure Nigerians and indeed all peace loving people that the Nigerian Army and indeed its personnel will never be involved in such terrible misadventure.
“We wish to further add that no matter how long it takes, we would track and find out those behind these insinuations and bring them to justice.”
Source: Globa Village Extra